I was looking for a basic black dress that I could accessorize endlessly. This was the dress. It's a thick material that washed well with cold water and Woolite. It didn't cling to any parts and draped beautifully. With certain belts, it can definitely add a lot of weight to the hips (like the hips poofed out because of the pockets). I have small hips so I didn't mind this at all. Overall, it's a dress that can be worn casually or dressed up with the right accessories. Great dress!